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‘Tech experts: Health exchange site needs total overhaul’

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Remember President Bush’s 2006 Prescription Drug Plan roll out?

My bad.

Instead of defunding President Bush’s 2006 Prescription Drug Plan, instead of shutting down the Government over President Bush’s 2006 Prescription Drug Planaln, instead of bringing the Nation to the brink of defaulting on our National Debt over President Bush’s 2006 Perscription Drug Plan…

Democrats actually jumped in and helped fix it.


Why don’t republicans do that with Obamacare?
‘Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has not had a very good week. Just days after the glitch-filled roll-out of the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance exchanges, Sebelius got grilled by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show’.

‘So it should come as no surprise that CNBC resident right-wing water carrier Lawrence Kudlow called for Sebelius to be fired’.

‘As Americans should recall, the Bush administration rollout of the Medicare drug benefit for 43 million elderly Americans was a disaster’.

‘Ohio Congressman John Boehner admitted as much to Fox News in February 2006:

“The implementation of the Medicare plan has been horrendous.”

‘As Ezra Klein recently recounted, in a rare moment of candor the future Speaker was right’:

“In 2006, the bill went into effect. It was a disaster.

  • “Computer systems didn’t communicate with one another”.
  • “Seniors were confused”.
  • “Some of the poorest and sickest enrollees — “dual eligibles” who qualify for aid under both Medicare and Medicaid — weren’t able to get their drugs”.

‘As the Washington Post reported in January 2006,’

“Two weeks into the new Medicare prescription drug program, many of the nation’s sickest and poorest elderly and disabled people are being turned away or overcharged at pharmacies, prompting more than a dozen states to declare health emergencies and pay for their life-saving medicines.”

‘Roughly 6.4 million seniors who just days earlier had gotten their prescriptions for free faced the prospect of going without because of untrained pharmacists and computer glitches’.

‘By January 16th, 2006, the New York Times reported, many states (most of them led by Democrats) came to their rescue’:

  • “About 20 states, including California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and all of New England, have announced that they will help low-income people by paying drug claims that should have been paid by the federal Medicare program”.

‘Among the governors taking action were future Obamacare foes Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee, who declared a health emergency in his state of Arkansas. The fiasco prompted the Bush administration to take drastic measures’:

“With tens of thousands of people unable to get medicines promised by Medicare, the Bush administration has told insurers that they must provide a 30-day supply of any drug that a beneficiary was previously taking, and it said that poor people must not be charged more than $5 for a covered drug”.
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A Republican vision for America – But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘Sen. Cruz Places Hold on Obama Nominee’

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‘We The People’ don’t want to know who gives money to the politicians we elect…….do we???

‘The shutdown may be over, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) isn’t done making trouble for the Obama administration’.

‘A spokesman for Mr. Cruz said Thursday that he has placed a hold on the nomination of former telecom lobbyist and venture capitalist Tom Wheeler to lead the Federal Communications Commission……

‘until Mr. Wheeler pledges not to require more disclosures from the sponsors of political ads’.

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